Starland Vocal Band

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Starland Vocal Band
OriginWashington, D.C., USA
GenresPop
Years active1976–1981
LabelsRCA Records, Windsong Records
Associated actsJohn Denver
Past members
Bill Danoff
Taffy Nivert
Jon Carroll
Margot Chapman
 
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Starland Vocal Band
OriginWashington, D.C., USA
GenresPop
Years active1976–1981
LabelsRCA Records, Windsong Records
Associated actsJohn Denver
Past members
Bill Danoff
Taffy Nivert
Jon Carroll
Margot Chapman

Starland Vocal Band was an American pop band, known primarily for "Afternoon Delight", one of the biggest-selling singles in 1976.

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Career

The group began as 'Fat City', a husband/wife duo of Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert. The band was also composed of Jon Carroll (keyboards, vocals) and Margot Chapman (vocals). Carroll and Chapman were also married after meeting as members of the group, but later divorced. Their son Ben Carroll is also a musician.

The group's debut album was the self-titled Starland Vocal Band and included “Afternoon Delight”. The song was a #1 hit and the album also charted. The group was nominated for four Grammy Awards and won two — Best arrangement (voices) and Best New Artist. The follow-up album Rear View Mirror was a failure in comparison, although it was a minor chart entry, spending 13 weeks on the Billboard 200 (reaching a peak of #104). In 2010 Billboard named "Afternoon Delight" the 20th sexiest song of all time.[1]

The band hosted a variety show, "The Starland Vocal Band Show," that ran on CBS for six weeks in the summer of 1977. David Letterman, then still unknown, was a writer and regular on the show, which also featured Mark Russell, Jeff Altman, and Proctor and Bergman. April Kelly was also a writer for the series.

The band broke up in 1981, unable to match their previous success. Danoff and Nivert divorced shortly afterwards. Each of the band members went on to a solo career.

In 1998 the Starland Vocal Band reunited for a few concerts, often featuring the children of the four original members as vocalists. In 2007, they appeared on a 1970s special on the New Jersey Network (NJN), singing "Afternoon Delight".

Danoff and Nivert co-wrote the hit song "Take Me Home, Country Roads" with John Denver. Denver subsequently signed them to his label Windsong Records.

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart
positions
US
1976Starland Vocal Band
  • Release date: 1976
  • Label: RCA
20
1977Rear View Mirror
  • Release date: April 15, 1977
  • Label: RCA
104
1978Late Nite Radio
  • Release date: March 1978
  • Label: Windsong
19804 X 4
  • Release date: March 11, 1980
  • Label: Windsong
1980Christmas at Home
  • Release date: November 25, 1980
  • Label: Windsong

Singles

YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
USCANCAN AC
1976"Afternoon Delight"116Starland Vocal Band
"California Day"6622
1977"Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll!"7192
"Liberated Woman"Rear View Mirror
"The Light of My Life"36
1978"Mr. Wrong"33
"Love, I Thought I Would Never Find Love"Late Nite Radio
1979"Loving You With My Eyes"71264 X 4

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Band won two award from five nominations.

YearNominated workAwardResult
1977Starland Vocal BandBest New ArtistWon
"Afternoon Delight"Record of the YearNominated
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with VocalsNominated
Best Arrangement for Voices (duo, group or chorus)Won

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Natalie Cole
Grammy Award for Best New Artist
1977
Succeeded by
Debby Boone